I really enjoy your site and check it often. This video is shot beautifully…good find. It reminded me of a musician that you may like. His name is Sam Amidon and he reworks old Appalacian folk songs…really great stuff.
Is this video shot in Centralia, PA? If so, it is within 5 miles of Ashland, PA, the home of Gitman Shirts. Ashland also has a coal mine you can go into on a little train car, 1/2 mile into the ground. I did the coal mine and the Gitman shirt warehouse store in the same morning this summer. It was very interesting on many levels to see how people have adapted in this part of the US.
That is Centralia. Well one scene is. I’m the last scion of that town. I have the dubious honor of being the youngest person to have lived there and we just moved to the top of the mountain opposite the mine fire. I used to give tours to yuppies of the mine fire on a 1960′s single speed red and white bike. It’s 2 miles from Ashland.
My mom worked at Gitman for a decade in the 70′s. The coal region is worth visiting for the food and the Americana which exists cheaply and in abundance. Anthracite mind you. I can;t speak about those bituminous fields…
Thanks for the post. Beautiful video. I love studying and learning about anything to do with Appalachia, unions, etc (Check out ‘Poor but Proud, by Wayne Flynt), but sometimes its best just to walk around and absorb the history.
This is hauntingly beautiful, though tragic since it represents a former thriving industry.
If you’d like to explore the fallout from a collapsed steel town, I’d RUN to pickup a copy of Philip Meyer’s novel, American Rust. He treats his characters with empathy and grace. It is the best book I’ve read in years. Steinbeck for the 21st century.